Our Work

Our Work

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropic, planning, and community-building organization. Founded in 1901, we are one of the region’s most respected and effective nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to mobilize the Jewish community and its human and financial resources to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, in Israel, and around the world.

We achieve this mission in three ways: Community Impact, Community Leadership & Engagement, and Operations. Learn more about each of these areas and explore opportunities to get involved with the community and our work on a wide range of Jewish programs.

Community Impact

The Community Impact team invests in projects and organizations that advance our mission. Since 1901, our philanthropy has worked to ensure that every individual can live their life with dignity, meaning, and purpose. Learn more about what we fund.

Our process, the Jewish Community Foundation Model, follows six steps:

  1. Establish priorities based on our four Core Commitments.
  2. Assess the needs relative to the established priorities.
  3. Develop strategies and plans to address the identified needs.
  4. Raise the financial resources to support community needs.
  5. Invest funds in outcomes aligned with developed strategies and plans.
  6. Evaluate the impact of those investments based on data.


Community Leadership & Engagement

For over 30 years, the Community Leadership & Engagement department has provided a variety of Jewish engagement, Jewish education, and operational support services for individuals and organizations in the St. Louis Jewish community. The mission of our work is to build and strengthen community by connecting people to information, resources, services, and each other. We do this through a variety of programs designed to support and engage:


The third function of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is to work as an internal provider of operational support for the first two core functions, Community Impact and Community Engagement. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Fiscal Services
  • Financial Statements
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Security

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